A week without a cell

Saturday, May 5, 2007 | 1:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:15 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

We all appreciate the beauty of the cell phone. Most of us consider it as much a necessity as a set of wheels. Cells figure prominently in movies like “The Departed,” where text messaging is a matter of life and death. And in “Cellular,” a kidnapped woman’s smashed phone still sends out a rescue call.